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Posted: Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:59AM

Kansas House approves bill raising income taxes



TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas House has approved a bill that would increase personal income taxes to help balance the state budget.

The vote Thursday was 76-48 and sends the measure to the Senate.

The bill would raise more than $1 billion over two years, starting in July. It would abandon core policies championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Supporters had eight votes less than the two-thirds majority of 84 necessary in the GOP-controlled, 125-member House to override a Brownback veto.

The bill's backers also lost seven votes overnight. The House gave the bill first-round approval Wednesday on an 83-39 vote.

Brownback has said he would not sign the bill because he opposes broad income tax increases like those in the measure.

The Senate expects to debate the bill Friday.

AP News
02/16/2017 12:03PM
Kansas House approves bill raising income taxes
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